May 252019
Mombasa, Kenya Travel Guide

Mombasa, A Guide to Visiting Kenya – Things to do and Places to Visit

There are so many reasons why you need to visit Mombasa, a city located on the coast of Kenya. There are excellent beaches, great National parks, and excellent restaurants. This is just to mention a few of the things that you will experience.

Geographical Location

Kenya borders the Indian Ocean to the East, Ethiopia to the North, Tanzania to the south, and Uganda to the west. Mombasa is found at the coast. The city itself is an island.

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Best Time to Go to Mombasa, Kenya

Although you can visit Mombasa at any time, it is advisable to visit this place during the dry season. The dry season is in July and October.

Fun Fact

The iconic tusks found in Mombasa were not just built for decoration. They were made to commemorate Princess Margret’s visit to Kenya in 1956.

Useful Information

  • Kenya is a multilingual country. Swahili is the national language while English is the official language.
  • The Kenyan shilling is the national currency although other currencies.
  • Kenyans are conservative with their dressing. This means that when travelling to Kenya, you need to be wearing unrevealing clothes.
  • The public transport present in Kenya is not ideal for you as a tourist. It will be better for you to use a taxi or to rent a car.

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What to do in Mombasa

  • One ideal activity that you should undertake after landing in Mombasa is to visit fort Jesus. This place was initially built by Portuguese in 1593, but it was later used by the Arabs to imprison. 
  • For nature lovers, Haller Park is the place to be. There are numerous to do here. You can decide to jog, cycle, or just hike.
  • Visit Nguuni reserve to see the giraffes, waterbucks, rare kinds of birds, and ostriches.
  • To see crocodiles, you can check out Mamba village which is among the largest crocodile farms.
  • You can relax on Pirates Beach and enjoy the cool breeze.

Where to Eat

  • Yul’s Restaurant is a great place to enjoy wine with the view of the ocean.
  • If you are a pizza lover, Pistachios is just the place for you. For offers, you can visit this place on Fridays.
  • For Swahili Dishes, the best place to go to is the Blue Room Restaurant. Here you can eat chicken biryani and Pilau.

Where to Shop in Mombasa, Kenya

  • One place to get anything you want from is City Mall which is located in Nyali. This place is only 20 minutes away. International brands are available for you to choose from.
  • Another ultra-modern place to shop from is the Nyali centre. Inside this place, you will even find places where you can dine. These include planet Yoghurt and Java.
  • CBD Shopping Outlets which contain numerous shopping facilities are also a great place to shop.

If You Have Time

  • Explore the old town which is located southeast of Mombasa. This is the place that holds the history of the days when Portuguese used to rule Mombasa.
  • Explore Mombasa Marine National Park which is an offshore reserve. Significant activities in this place include snorkelling and Diving.
  • Hiring a boat in Mombasa is quite cheap. You can hire one and head out to sea.

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Reader Comments

    1. Most people are surprised when I tell them I learnt in English my whole life and so does everyone in Kenya.

  1. Kenya! I’ve never considered visiting this destination before, but after reading your post I think I would love to go! Thanks for all your tips and insights!

  2. I heard wonderful things to do in Kenya! And thanks for adding up the info here too. I really love nature and I hope to see the wildlife there too!

  3. This is very well detailed guide. Have never been to Kenya and just reading about it makes me feel like have been there. It was really nice getting to know Kenya from your post. Great article

  4. Such a very detailed and informative post. I will keep this for future purposes. Thanks for sharing..

  5. This was very informative. I would love to make a trip to Africa. I also am thankful you included the tip about not wearing revealing clothing thats something most americans dont think about when traveling abroad.

    1. I agree. I travel a lot and I wear short skirts in most countries but not in my country. I try to dress down.

  6. Nice article and you gave us a very detailed guidelines visiting Kenya. I do love traveling with nature and seeing wild animals is really a great experience for me.

  7. Visiting Kenya is our dream! We are hoping to have a family vacation there next year and do a safari. I’m very interested in the history and the beautiful culture in the region, so I hope to visit historic sites and learn more. 🙂

  8. Mombasa, Kenya seems like such an exciting and adventurous place to visit. I am S add it to my list of destinations to see really soon.

  9. Really useful guide. I am heading to Zambia in October and I am really stuck on whether I should stop by Tanzania or Kenya. I love that this includes places to eat as I am not just visiting for the Safaris. Plus the other places to check out too.

  10. I always wanted to visit places/countries and Kenta has always been on my bucketlist, it is really a beautiful place to go

  11. Great tips for the intrepid traveler and more. My Kenyan friends would like visitors to get to know the people too.

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